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New YouTube One Channel design coming soon


YouTube has announced on its official Partners and Creators blog that the new YouTube One Channel, currently only available in limited beta to select content creators, will soon roll out to all. YouTube content creator iJustine made the announcement. A number of other channels are also using the new design, including: DeStorm, EpicMealTime, SORTED, MysteryGuitarMan, LOUD, and Geek & Sundry.

YouTube provided some tips for content creators who want to prepare for the new channel layout:

1) Create a channel trailer to get people to subscribe

On your new channel, you can show a trailer that will only appear to viewers who aren’t already subscribed to your channel. This is your chance to let visitors know what your channel is all about and tell them why they should subscribe!  Keep it short and to the point, and include a clear call to action inviting your audience to subscribe.

2) Create some channel art

Channel art is how you can express the personality of your channel wherever it is seen, whether on a mobile phone, a tablet, a TV, or in a hovercard anywhere on the site!  Here is a template and guidelines on how to start creating channel art that will look great.

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YouTube announces Next Vlogger winners


YouTube’s Next Vlogger is a development program that provides mentoring and promotion to vloggers (a.k.a. video bloggers) to bulk the video-sharing platform’s quality content offering, and the contest just announced its 16 winners. According to the official YouTube Creator Blog:

Not only is vlogging one of the most popular forms of expression on YouTube, but selecting Next Vlogger also resulted in more applications than we’ve received for any previous Next Creator program. Bravo! Although, that still left us with some tough decisions…  After much debate and many sleepless nights, we’re excited to introduce you to the 16 Next Vloggers.

In total, the winning vloggers already have more than 125 million views. Now, they will participate in three months of trainings through Google+ Hangouts, including advice from YouTube content creators iJustine and Natalie Tran from communitychannel. They will also receive $5,000 of video equipment and $10,000 of promotion. For those that did not win, YouTube is offering Creator Workshops available on the YouTube Creator Events website. Attendance is done through Google+ Hangouts on Air from the YouTube Creators page.

Videos from each of the winners are available below (and above).